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Historia Naturae, Suita (1967)

An eight-part portrait of animal species in the different biological classes, accompanied by a different style of music. Each animation mixes drawings, pictures, real animals and animated skeletons.

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Jan Svankmajer

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Jan Svankmajer
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An eight-part animated portrait of various species, accompanied by a different style of music. The various parts are: Aquatilia (foxtrot), Hexapoda (bolero), Pisces (blues), Reptilia (tarantella), Aves (tango), Mammalia (minuet), Simiae (polka) and Homo (waltz). Each animation mixes drawings, pictures, real animals and animated skeletons. Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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Country:

Czechoslovakia

Language:

Czech

Release Date:

17 September 1967 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Histoire naturelle (suite) See more »

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Krátký Film Praha See more »
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Mono

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Color
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didn't quite do it for me
6 February 2010 | by disdressed12See all my reviews

this animated short is consists of 8 brief segments,each dealing with a different species,each set with its own style of music.each segment has animated shapes that corresponding to the the specific species.these shapes evolve and change within themselves,creating different patterns.at the end of each segment,we see a man eating a piece of food.like the previous reviewer,I'm not sure what that part's about.anyway,visually, i thought this piece was pretty interesting.it's very colourful,and the transitions from one pattern into another were done well.the actual point of the piece,I'm not exactly sure of.but maybe there isn't one.i probably didn't do a very good job of describing what the film was about.it's pretty late in the morning here and i'm half asleep.i do know that it didn't quite do it for me.i give Historia Naturae, Suita a 5/10


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